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Camera App Comparison of Flagships 2015

Updated on October 30, 2015
iPhone Camera -Photo Credits Petapixels
iPhone Camera -Photo Credits Petapixels

It is not wrong to say that the smartphone industry is the most evolving and revolutionized industry in the history of mankind. Since IBM created the first smartphone in 1992, smartphones have come a long way as many manufactures started developing smartphones. Among those were Sony, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and Nokia.

When looking at the smart phone evolution timeline, one of the most interesting features in these devices can be identified as ability to take photos. In other words, smartphone camera is the most phenomenal option that’s on a smartphone device. Some people even buy these phones because of the camera.

In 2015 smartphones cameras reached its ultimate level with the released flagship devices. LG, Samsung, Sony and Apple released devices back to back and the competition was higher than ever. Let’s compare the camera apps from some of these flagship devices. Following factors will be considered in this comparison.

  1. Camera App Interface (User Friendliness)
  2. Features & Specification
  3. Speed of Taking a Photo
  4. Quality of Photos Taken

Camera App Interface

Early smartphone camera apps were very bulky and they were not easy to use. Taking a photo required a press of a button. But everything changed with the introduction of touch screens. Most of the cameras before 2014 had a dedicated button reserved for the camera. But most flagship devices released their new phones without a dedicated button. This confirms that the touch experience of the users has increased and companies started using short-cut keys to bring up the camera app to take photo graphs.

Vendors have also started reducing the bulky app options on the screen. Most of the flagship devices step down to minimal design in their camera apps. The clear and wide interface lets user to take pictures more accurately. LG, Apple and HTC win this round for having most simple and user-friendly camera app user interfaces.

LG Native Camera App
LG Native Camera App
iPhone Native Camera App
iPhone Native Camera App
HTC Native Camera App
HTC Native Camera App

Features and Specification

Another key factor for a smartphone camera to be superior to others is the specification. Most flagship devices released in 2015 was completed with a high-end spec. However Apple flagship device (iPhone) only had a low spec camera up until 2015. This year with the iPhone 6S, Apple added a 12 Megapixel Camera to its line of smartphone cameras.

Sony seems to be having the most successful high-end specs for smartphone cameras. 20 Megapixel cameras were only existed in the handy-cams and other consumer camera devices made by companies such as Kanon and Nikon. Nokia was so closed to having a camera with a high-end device. And they developed one with little amount of success. Nokia 1020 was packed with a very high end 41 megapixels camera. But the phone was not a best seller or it failed.

However the bar seems to be between 13 – 20 megapixels. Most successful flagship devices like LG G3, Galaxy 6 Edge and One plus One were in the range having 13, 16 and 20 megapixels accordingly. Sony is giving many features in the camera app hide When other factors like and major options that should be in a camera are considered LG, Samsung and Sony wins this round.

Speed of Taking a Photo

The speed of taking a photo plays big role when you want to take a photo. A photo is needed to be taken before the momentum is gone. Apple was leading in taking instant pictures with iPhone cameras up until 2015. Of course, testing how fast I can take a photo is not an exact science. There's human error and environmental factors that play a role.

iPhone still leads the way in a scenario such taking out the phone from the pocket, point and shoot with a record of 1.93 seconds. HTC, Samsung and LG caught up with the speed this year with a record of 2.3 2.5, 2.7 respectively. But they have risen up from these numbers using latest technologies. For an example, LG has used later focus to focus an object faster to point and shoot a moment faster. Another example would be the use of volume down key to open the camera without even having to turn on the screen. Apple, HTC and LG wins this round.

The Quality of the photo taken

It all comes down to the quality of the photos taken from these smartphone devices. Having a damn good sensor and higher number of megapixels are the key factors for taking a good photo. When other little natural and human error factors are disregarded, most of the smartphones out there can shoot wonderful photos with extreme quality.


The photos taken should look good on the smartphone device as well as on a computer. Photos taken from iPhone are considered rich in clarity and focus. The images seem to scatter when they are zoomed. However one should not measure a smartphone camera by megapixels alone.

On the other hand photos taken from devices like LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Sony Xperia Z3 leading the way with the quality of the pictures with great amount of megapixels. Night photos are in average quality as iPhone takes better low resolution pictures under low light.

When all factors are considered, iPhone and LG G3 can be identified as good camera phones for daily use. However if you are looking for the speed and exposure, go for an iPhone. And if you are looking for content quality photos with many options, there are many devices you can look in to.

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